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Gold convinced Blues will go up

David Gold
Gold is willing to listen to potential investors at St Andrew's

Birmingham chairman David Gold says he trusts boss Alex McLeish to restore the club to the Premier League next season.

Blues are second in the Championship behind Wolves with a four-point cushion over third-placed Reading, who have played one game fewer.

"I've been relegated three times as chairman and I'm looking to be promoted three times as chairman," said Gold.

"It's in our hands, as long as we keep winning our games no-one can catch us," he told BBC Midlands Today.

Gold is keen to back manager McLeish, who has been publicly criticised by the club's managing director Karren Brady in her newspaper column.

"We're in second position, we're this close to promotion - how can you not be happy with him?" added Gold.

We've got the right manager and the right players - we're excited about the prospect of returning to the Premier League

Birmingham chairman David Gold

"We're not even contemplating missing out on promotion, we're optimistic.

"We believe we've got the right manager, we believe we've got the right players and we're excited about the prospect of returning to the Premier League."

Birmingham's last season in the top flight was blighted by the stalled negotiations of a potential takeover by the Hong Kong businessman Carson Yeung.

And while Gold would not welcome a similar distraction at St Andrew's next season, he admits that Blues would have to listen to any serious investors.

"I think all clubs in our position, and there's probably 20 clubs like that, are all open to listening to investors to help lift your club and have a stable situation," he said.

"If we fail to make promotion this season we would be devastated, but, as we've done in the past, we'll brush ourselves down and start a new campaign."

Birmingham can close the gap on table-topping Wolves when the two sides meet after the international break at St Andrew's on Monday 6 April.

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